Actress, author, and storyteller Susan Poulin will be reading from and signing copies of her “self-help” humor books, Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life and The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love and Marriage at our next Author Talk at the Main Library on Saturday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. Both books are written by Poulin as her alter-ego, Ida LeClair, “the funniest woman in Maine.”
In Finding Your Inner Moose, Ida is a recently minted “Certified Maine Life Guide” and lifelong resident of fictional Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find, but oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine. There she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp. Most importantly, Ida is a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend who draws upon her experiences (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more.
Finding Your Inner Moose features sections such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck?; How Many Points in Cabbage Soup?; Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide; Slaying Energy Vampires; and Spousal Deafness. This book is 100 percent Ida, who, as her husband Charlie often says, “just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not!”
In The Sweet Life, Poulin (again writing as Ida LeClair) offers advice on how to keep relationships fresh and life as sweet, simple, and easy as possible. Poulin takes readers on a lifelong journey from dating to marriage to the elder years. In this semi-serious self help book, she alternates between sassy stories and useful advice, offering her readers helpful guidance on topics like dealing with the death of a spouse, dating after divorce, and buying the right bra. It’s all written in the now classic and beloved voice of LeClair—whip-smart, yet down-to-earth, and striking the perfect balance between humorous and heartfelt.
“Reading The Sweet Life feels like talking to an old friend—one with humor, great advice, and plenty of life experience to share,” said Dean Lunt, editor-in-chief of Islandport Press, the Maine-based book publisher. “Susan Poulin is one of the most innovative and creative talents in Maine today, whether she is on stage, speaking to an audience, or writing a book.”
Poulin introduced the ground-breaking stage character Ida LeClair in the original 1997 stage production, Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose, for which she won Seacoast Media Group’s Spotlight on the Arts Award for Best Play and Best Actress. Since her initial success, Poulin has written two books, Finding Your Inner Moose and The Sweet Life as her alter-ego, and penned additional stage plays, including Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose, Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale, A Very Ida Christmas and her newest show, Makin’ Whoopie!. She also writes the popular humor blog, Just Ask Ida, and her vocal stylings can be heard regularly on her podcast of the same name. Over the past two decades, she has entertained thousands of people from Maine to Minneapolis with her unique brand of wit and wisdom.
For more information, call Circulation at 767-7660 x 2. Author Talks are sponsored by the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.